If the heart is a lonely hunter, the soul is is its desperate prey. There are so many things that can corrupt us in life, so many ways we can screw up our lives and it takes a firm resolve to beat those things back and be a right guy. Or girl. Most of the time, we are surrounded by, suffocated by and ultimately overwhelmed by our vices, or our torments. Biutiful is a film about the rare but vital goodness within us.
The title is the perfect metaphor: it isn’t spelled exactly right but the meaning is the same — and its beauty can’t be denied. Such is the rendering of the heroic, flawed character Uxbal played by Javier Bardem in one of his best performances yet, and certainly the best delivered here so far.